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May 31, 2023  |  by David Blanco

MQTT Benefits in Edge Computing 

AUTOSOL’s edge computing software, eACM relies on MQTT, which is short for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport, to deliver large quantities of data using less bandwidth than traditional methods. This lightweight messaging protocol is designed for use in SCADA systems, the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and other low-bandwidth, high-latency or unreliable network environments. Several factors contribute to MQTT being ideal for transmitting data from oil and gas pipeline sensors and other connected devices from the field.

 The benefits of MQTT and MQTT Sparkplug B include:  

Low Bandwidth Requirements: MQTT uses a publish-subscribe messaging model, which reduces network bandwidth requirements. Instead of sending data to all connected devices, MQTT only sends data to the specific devices that have subscribed. This significantly reduces the amount of data transmitted over the network, making it more efficient and cost-effective by saving valuable bandwidth.

Real-Time Data Transmission: MQTT is designed for real-time data transmission, making it a natural choice for oil and gas pipeline applications that require timely and accurate data updates. This ensures that pipeline operators can quickly respond to changes in pipeline conditions, helping to prevent accidents and reduce downtime.  

Reliable Message Delivery: MQTT uses a QoS (Quality of Service) mechanism to ensure reliable message delivery. The QoS mechanism allows the sender to specify the level of reliability required for each message, ensuring that messages are delivered in a timely and accurate manner, even in low-quality network conditions.  

Scalability: MQTT is highly scalable, making it an ideal choice for large-scale oil and gas pipeline applications that require the transmission of large volumes of data to multiple devices. MQTT can easily handle the large amounts of data generated by pipeline sensors and other connected devices, ensuring that operators in the control room have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.  

Overall, MQTT and MQTT Sparkplug B is an excellent choice for use in AUTOSOL’s edge version of ACM. It’s efficient in transmitting raw oil and gas pipeline data to be used in accounting software programs– such as Quorum’s Flow-Cal. It provides reliable message delivery, real-time data transmission, secure communication, and scalability- all while requiring low bandwidth to do so. For a list of protocols supported in eACM, simply click to visit our protocols supported page.